The Founding Training Company in South Africa In 1970 Anton van der Post began running seminars on Interpersonal Skills and Team Integration, and later Effective Speaking, and was instrumental in pioneering the training industry in South Africa. Gavin Lund joined Anton in 2004, spent two years understudying with Anton, and later created the Strengths Development programme. Over the decades our reputation has been built on the results we get, the high standard of training we deliver and the ethical manner in which we do business with our clients. We have always believed in specializing and keeping our focus on the areas that we are most passionate about. This passion for what we do enables us to consistently deliver training and coaching of exceptionally high standards. What makes us unique is that our training is driven by our belief in what we do and our passion to make tangible difference in peoples lives.
Strengths Development & Leadership
Over 4 decades of research lead by Dr. Donald Clifton and Gallup, Inc. on people who really stand out, revealed that rather than fixing their weaknesses, they focused on building their strengths. The methodology of this programme is modelled on the findings of this research and the success strategies of these stand out individuals. The programme covers the three key phases of strengths development - awareness, dynamics and application, and does so on both and individual and team level. The duration of the programme is approximately 6 months and is delivered in person or online via a combination of team webinars, individual coaching sessions and supplementary online resources.
Team Integration & Interpersonal Skills
When a team is under pressure and stress, communication breaks down and all sorts of perceptions are created in that state of tiredness and frustration. This can also be the case in a new team where perceptions again can prevent a team from pulling together and where relationships need to be built. Breaking through these perceptions to open up this communication in a non-threatening way allows the team to gel together again as a unit. This lays a powerful platform for re-energizing and re-motivating each individual in the team.
Most people focus their efforts largely on the content of their message and neglect the fact that 93% of our communication has got nothing to do with the content. It has to do with the way we say something and our body language. If you have every not bought into someone purely based on how they came across to you then you have experienced an in-congruence between what the person is saying and their non-verbal communication. We teach how to go beyond techniques and enter the realm of powerful speakers, whether that be one on one or to a group. It is the ability to influence through emotion, passion and sincerity that makes a speaker powerful.
Master trainers are those trainers who don’t just deliver information but who infuse their participants with enthusiasm, and then truly connect with and transform them. With over 50 years of experience, Anton van der Post was amongst the first in South Africa to use a highly interactive and experiential training style that truly engages and empowers. Drawing on this experience, this programme elevates and up-skills trainers to master status. This is Master Trainer training at its best.
Gavin approaches his coaching by first helping you to clearly understand what is right about you. What your natural talents are and how to manage and build them into real strengths. He believes that every single person has their own unique area of brilliance, but this brilliance is often smothered under layers of limiting conditioning. When people understand and appreciate their unique brilliance, they are more motivated and inspired to break through these limiting ideas of themselves, overcome their greatest challenges and live a life of purpose and meaning. Gavin’s strengths lie in his ability to very quickly identify patterns in an individual’s behavior and then lead them strategically to positive change.